Revision Toolbox

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If there’s any book I’ve turned to over and over again that sits on my bookshelf and DOESN’T collect dust, it’s Georgia Heard‘s The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work, which was published… Continue reading

Cybils Reminder

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Just a reminder to nominate your favorite new book for a Cybil. The voting lasts until November 21st. I’m really looking forward to working with the other members of the Fiction Picture Book… Continue reading

Poetry Friday is over at A Wrung Sponge this week.

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There are lots of November birthdays in my class this year. In fact 25% of my class was born in the month of November. Therefore, this poem, by Christina Rossetti, kind of struck… Continue reading

WNW: Who has made an impact on your life and changed the course of it for you?

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Who has changed your life? What person or people have made such a huge impact on your life that they’ve changed the course of it for you? Please write an entry about that… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: people who have changed me.

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When I read Stacey’s charge on Monday, I thought about all of the typical people I could write about, and quite frankly, I wasn’t excited about it at all.  So then I began… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Two People Who’ve Really Changed My Life

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The two people who changed my life were both my teachers. Carol Snook Role: 1st Grade Teacher Carol Snook was the most amazing teacher a child could ask for. She celebrated each student… Continue reading

defining book.

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Recently my curriculum director gave me the book:  Adolescent Literacy:  Turning Promise into Practiceedited by Kylene Beers, Robert E.Probst, & Linda Rief.  (Is my curriculum director awesome, or what?)  I am quickly realizing… Continue reading

Seven signed up (so far)

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Seven of the ten girls I invited to take part in the new book accepted the invitation. Of that amount, four of their moms said that they could e-collaborate using a wikispace, which… Continue reading

Preparing to Publish

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Next week will be my first true Publishing Party in my new school. I’m really, really excited about it. I had the invitation translated from English into Spanish today and will be sending… Continue reading

A Charge for WNW: Who Has Changed Your Life?

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I was perusing Educating Alice this morning and came across a post about two people who’ve changed her life. I thought that could be an interesting charge, and a lovely way to pay… Continue reading

Revising… Editing… Publishing…

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My students are in the revision stage for their personal narratives. I’m anticipating a November 15th Publication Date. Hence, I’ve been working all morning to put together revision minilessons, an editing checklist, an… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: When will I pull out the gloves?

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I’m beginning to wonder why I haven’t had to pull out my gloves, my hat, or my scarf yet. In the past, it’s always been cold enough for those things (by now). However,… Continue reading

Word Boxes

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Inspired by Donovan’s Word Jar and motivated by my school’s vocabulary initiative, my students created word boxes yesterday with foam letters yesterday afternoon. These boxes are meant to be kept at home (though… Continue reading

November 1st

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November, and especially November 1st, always feels like a bit of a let-down after experiencing the fun of Halloween. Here’s a poem that I feel captures what kids, especially, feel like on November… Continue reading

The Last WNW of the Month

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Please click here to submit your WN Entry today. Or, if you don’t have a blog, then just post your entry as a comment under this post. THANKS! Click here to read Ruth’s… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: loving autumn.

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(photo taken on Monday, October 29, 2007 from my back yard)  There’s something about this time of year that resonates inside of me.  I think it’s the slowing down of it all.  The preparing… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: They don’t grow back in twosies-twosies

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I started doing it when I was 24. I vowed to stop doing it about 100 times. I’m 30 now and I’m still doing it… I pull out any gray hair that sprouts… Continue reading

More thinking about “writing about reading”

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Thank you to everyone who made me do some thinking about “writing about reading” today. Using the TCRWP’s old binder of lessons for this unit of study, I think I re-crafted a unit… Continue reading

Going Beyond a Reading Response Journal

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Today was the first day that I had my students write about their reading in our read aloud. I asked them, “Is it possible for a child to change the society in which… Continue reading

TM Makes Poor Writers? IDK.

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I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about texting (or instant messaging or emailing — although that one’s on the way out as far as high school & college kids are concerned) being the… Continue reading